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Long Island golf courses and golfers mixed with a splash of PGA and other pro tours.

Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 14: Phil Mickelson hits

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An at-a-glance lookat Phil Mickelson's close calls at the U.S. Open.

He played the first of his 20 U.S. Opens in 1990 at Medinah. His best round was a 66 in 2004 at Shinnecock (round 2) and in 2010 at Pebble Beach (round 2). His best finish was second, and he did that five times. See the chart below. YEAR COURSE WINNER SHOTS BACK 1999 Pinehurst Payne Stewart 1 2002...

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Phil to play with McIlroy, Dustin at Open


OK, so there's no Tiger. But there is at least some star power in the tee times for the U.S. Open, just released by the USGA. Phil Mickelson, Mr. U.S. Open Heartbreak, will play with Rory McIlroy, Mr. 2011 Masters Heartbreak, and Dustin Johnson, Mr. 2010 U.S. Open & PGA Heartbreak.

        Also there's the traditional...

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Volunteers wanted for Champions major in Westchester

Champions Tour president Mike Stevens said Tuesday he received “a lot of smiles, a lot of shaking heads” when he told tour members that one of their majors, the Constellation Energy Senior Players, would be at Westchester Country Club Aug. 15-21.

They know the course and like it from many years of the PGA Tour’s Westchester Classic.

Tournament officials believe the...

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Upcoming golf outings on Long Island

The 23rd Annual American Heart Association Golf Classic will be Monday, June 20 at the Meadow Brook Club, Jericho. Call (516) 450-9129.

The Saints Joachim and Anne School’s Seventh Annual Golf Outing will be Monday, June 27 at Rockville Links. It will be held in memory of the school’s 9/11 heroes, Capt. Patrick Brown (Class of ’67) and Battalion Chief William McGovern (Class...

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ClubCorp buys 3 Long Island courses


     ClubCorp, a national golf firm, has announced the purchase of the three Hamlet courses on Long Island. Newsday's James Bernstein had reported last month that this was imminent.  The company bought the properties from the Holiday organization, which was said to be in negotiations for the former Links at Shirley, in order to develop the property.


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Scott Ford wins on Assistants Tour

Scott Ford won on the Assistants Tour at


       It's a busy week for assistant pros. Some of them were in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier Monday at Canoe Brook in Summit, N.J. Many were in the first round of the Long Island Open at Wheatley Hills Tuesday. Many others were in the latest installment of the local Assistants Tour at Laurel Links on Monday.


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Tiger Woods out of the U.S. Open


       You have to wonder when we will see Tiger Woods again this season, if at all. He must really be hurting to have dropped out of the U.S. Open, which he announced today. The last time the Open went on without him was 1994, when he was 18 and had yet to win the U.S. Amateur (which got him into the 1995 Open at Shinnecock).


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Matt Sita leads L.I. Open

Matt Sita, representing the Nassau Country Club, shot 7-under par 65 at Wheatley Hills Golf Club Tuesday to take the 18-hole lead in the 54-hole Long Island Open. The 41 golfers who qualified will play 36 holes on Wednesday.

Here are the golfers who made the cut, their scores and their second-round tee times:

Name and Affiliation Rnd 1 Score Wednesday Tee & Time Matthew Sita, Nassau...

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St. John's coach recalls Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley lines up a putt during a

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The only challenge for Frank Darby in coaching Keegan Bradley at St. John’s was finding him a place to play golf during the Christmas break.

“Every place was closed and he wanted to play every day,” Darby said Wednesday of his former Red Storm player who won the Byron Nelson Championship in a playoff Monday. It was the rookie’s first PGA Tour victory.

Darby was...

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Upcoming golf outings on Long Island

The Ryne Duren Memorial Golf Tournament, in honor of the late Yankees pitcher who helped host a charity outing last year, will be Monday, June 13 at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course. Proceeds go to Winning Beyond Winning and the Firefighters Charitable Foundation. Visit

The Spring Swing for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations will be Thursday, June 16 at North...

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